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A Sunspot Paradox

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  • Hintermaier, Thomas

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)

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Calibrated models of the business cycle typically assume a certain frequency at which economic agents take decisions. In this paper I show that the local stability properties of dynamic stochastic general equilibrium macro models may depend on the length of a period in the model economy. This leads to the following paradoxical situation: For given parameters, and in particular those assigning values of imperfections in the economy, the economy may be driven by sunspots at some frequencies while sunspots can have no impact at other frequencies.

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Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Studies in its series Economics Series with number 150.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ihs:ihsesp:150

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Keywords: Sunspots; Indeterminacy; High frequency; Temporal aggregation;

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  1. Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe, 1998. "Endogenous business cycles and the dynamics of output, hours, and consumption," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 1998-19, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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  1. Anagnostopoulos, Alexis & Giannitsarou, Chryssi, 2010. "Modelling Time And Macroeconomic Dynamics," CEPR Discussion Papers 8050, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Ben Aissa, Mohamed Safouane & Musy, Olivier & Pereau, Jean-Christophe, 2007. "Modelling inflation persistence with periodicity changes in fixed and predetermined prices models," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 24(5), pages 823-838, September.
  3. Luis A. Puch & Omar Licandro, 2006. "Is Discrete Time a Good Representation of Continuous Time?," Working Papers 2006-20, FEDEA.
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  5. Franke, Reiner & Sacht, Stephen, 2010. "Some observations in the high-frequency versions of a standard new-keynesian model," Economics Working Papers 2010,01, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Department of Economics.
  6. Hintermaier, Thomas, 2005. "A sunspot paradox," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 87(2), pages 285-290, May.
  7. Sacht, Stephen, 2014. "Analysis of various shocks within the high-frequency versions of the baseline New-Keynesian model," Economics Working Papers 2014-02, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Department of Economics.

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